Johan Kucaba, Equipment Coordinator at UCI holds a tablet using magnetic resonance technology to detect a bike equipped with a motor during a media event at the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in Aigle, Switzerland May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

By Cecile Mantovani AIGLE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Cheats will not prosper was the message of International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson on Tuesday as the governing body stepped up its fight against mechanical fraud by showcasing a new method to detect hidden motors in bikes. Earlier this year, Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche was handed a six-year ban for mechanical doping after it was proven her spare bike contained a motor at the cyclocross Under-23 world championship in January. Last month, television station France 2, in collaboration with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, claimed that hidden motors were used in the Strade Bianche one-day race and the Coppi e Bartali race in Italy this season.


Posted: May 3, 2016, 8:37 pm
By Cecile Mantovani AIGLE, Switzerland, May 3 (Reuters) - Cheats will not prosper was the message of International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson on Tuesday as the governing body stepped up its fight against mechanical fraud by showcasing a new method to detect hidden motors in bikes. Earlier this year, Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche was handed a six-year ban for mechanical doping after it was proven her spare bike contained a motor at the cyclocross Under-23 world championship in January. Last month, television station France 2, in collaboration with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, claimed that hidden motors were used in the Strade Bianche one-day race and the Coppi e Bartali race in Italy this season.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 8:33 pm
The International Cycling Union plans to test thousands of bicycles for hidden motors, including at the Tour de France and Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Around 2,500 bikes have been scanned since tests started in January, and the total could reach 12,000 this year, UCI technical manager Mark Barfield said on Tuesday. Riders who switch bikes mid-race could be targeted on top of routine checks at team buses.
Posted: May 3, 2016, 5:37 pm

Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France cycles during the 13.8 km (8.57 miles) individual time-trial first stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race in Utrecht, Netherlands, July 4, 2015.  REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini    
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LONDON (Reuters) - Thomas Voeckler, the popular French veteran rider, secured overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday with a sprint finish triumph in the 198km final stage from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Voeckler, the 36-year-old Direct Energie rider, demonstrated all his vast experience in the professional saddle when outfoxing and outsprinting nearest rival Nicolas Roche to take the title by a mere six seconds overall. ...


Posted: May 1, 2016, 7:29 pm
Thomas Voeckler, the popular French veteran rider, secured overall victory in the Tour de Yorkshire on Sunday with a sprint finish triumph in the 198km final stage from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Voeckler, the 36-year-old Direct Energie rider, demonstrated all his vast experience in the professional saddle when outfoxing and outsprinting nearest rival Nicolas Roche to take the title by a mere six seconds overall. Team Sky's Roche had suffered a momentary lapse of concentration which allowed Voeckler to launch his sprint from 300 metres out and build up just enough of an advantage over the Irishman to hold on for the decisive stage win at the line.
Posted: May 1, 2016, 7:12 pm

Movistar rider Nairo Quintana of Colombia crosses the finish line in the 110.5-km (68.6 miles) 20th stage of the 102nd Tour de France cycling race from Modane to Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps mountains, France, July 25, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier - RTX1LRZH

(Reuters) - Nairo Quintana won the Tour de Romandie on Sunday to once again stamp his credentials to become the first South American winner of the Tour de France later this year. The brilliant Colombian prevailed in the six-day race after a rain-soaked final stage won by Orica-GreenEdge's Swiss rider Michael Albasini in Geneva. The Swiss race has often been a good pointer to finding the Tour de France champion, with three of the previous five winners having gone on to claim the yellow jersey in July.


Posted: May 1, 2016, 6:15 pm
Nairo Quintana won the Tour de Romandie on Sunday to once again stamp his credentials to become the first South American winner of the Tour de France later this year. The brilliant Colombian prevailed in the six-day race after a rain-soaked final stage won by Orica-GreenEdge's Swiss rider Michael Albasini in Geneva. The Swiss race has often been a good pointer to finding the Tour de France champion, with three of the previous five winners having gone on to claim the yellow jersey in July.
Posted: May 1, 2016, 6:08 pm
May 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the WorldTour Ranking 1. Peter Sagan (Slovakia / Tinkoff) 329 2. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) 285 3. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff) 280 4. Richie Porte (Australia / BMC Racing) 222 5. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia / Katusha) 211 6. Sergio Henao (Colombia / Team Sky) 204 7. Sep Vanmarcke (Belgium / LottoNL) 201 8. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) 200 9. Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland / Trek) 166 10. Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium / BMC Racing) 162 11. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) 152 12. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Team Sky) 147 13. ...
Posted: May 1, 2016, 3:07 pm
May 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the WorldTour Ranking Teams 1. Tinkoff (Russia) 771 2. Team Sky (Britain) 680 3. Movistar (Spain) 577 4. BMC Racing (United States) 576 5. Katusha (Russia) 488 6. Etixx - Quick-Step (Belgium) 417 7. FDJ (France) 412 8. Orica (Australia) 398 9. Trek (United States) 239 10. LottoNL (Netherlands) 216 11. Lampre (Italy) 189 12. Lotto (Belgium) 170 13. Cannondale (United States) 115 14. IAM Cycling (Switzerland) 114 15. Giant (Germany) 114 16. AG2R (France) 84 17. Astana (Kazakhstan) 84 18. Dimension Data (South Africa) 75
Posted: May 1, 2016, 3:06 pm
May 1 (Infostrada Sports) - Final Classification from Tour de Romandie on Sunday 1. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) 16:20:20" 2. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ) +19" 3. Jon Izagirre (Spain / Movistar) +23" 4. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia / Katusha) +26" 5. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands / Giant) +57" 6. Rui Costa (Portugal / Lampre) +1:12" 7. Simon Spilak (Slovenia / Katusha) +1:16" 8. Mathias Frank (Switzerland / IAM Cycling) 9. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek) +1:24" 10. Tejay van Garderen (U.S. / BMC Racing) +1:27" 11. Sebastien Reichenbach (Switzerland / FDJ) +1:32" 12. ...
Posted: May 1, 2016, 3:06 pm

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